We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Chapman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, what’s your definition for success?
I define success as finding your true happiness and purpose. I noticed fairly young that it’s easy to get caught in a rat race with unmotivated intentions. By finding these two things you will feel a level of accomplishment. No matter what we do, we must feed our inner core. From there, everything will become a ripple effect towards your success in life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Not too long before the pandemic, I began to become dissatisfied with where I was in life. I was a 3-year post-graduate with a mass communication degree, working in the insurance industry. The repetition of clocking in and out for a company that didn’t appreciate my efforts began to eat me alive. Not to mention my degree was far from being used for the right purpose. Something had to change for the better, so I took matters into my own hands. I dusted off my camera and began to put it to work. I left my job and started ‘TSC Productions’. This was a service that provided video production, editing and photography needs. I began to realize this is what I’m willing to drag out of bed to do. This was my purpose and true source of happiness. From there it was game on. During this phase, I learned a lot about dealing with clientele and applying myself to better enhance my skillset. Even though I was on the right track, learning and networking on my own would take a little longer than I would like. It’s safe to say that in the entertainment industry it’s not what you know but who you know. I then decided to pursue my master’s in film production at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. This school allows me to get real-world experience that is taught by industry professionals. I am on track to graduate in May 2022 and am looking forward to taking on the industry full speed ahead.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Coming from Dallas, Texas there is definitely a number of things to do but I must say Florida is a great change of scenery. I currently reside in Orlando, which is the theme park capital of the country. It’s almost considered a crime to come here and not experience a park so that would be first on our list. After that, we could take a trip to the beach which thankfully is only an hour away. Or if we’re feeling fancy, we can take a 3.5 hour drive to Miami or 1.5 hour drive to Tampa. I’m also a firm believer in experiencing something that you wouldn’t experience at home, so I would add an adventurous trip to swampland. Here we can take an airboat ride to see the gators and other natural wildlife. Orlando also has a great variety of food places but if you ask me, the best part is brunch on the weekends. Let’s just say the bottomless mimosas are a definite hit!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents, friends, and mentors. The saying that “it takes a village” doesn’t just affect your adolescence but can spew into your adult life as well. Having a solid group that supports me in my life endeavors is a great motivating factor to keep pushing forward. Not only do I do this for myself but I do it for them. Thank you for all the love and support, it truly is appreciated!
Charles Montalvo – Photo in front of Hilliard hall sign.